Exploring the Stars, Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School, Grade 6, June 7th, 2018

A partly cloudy, hazy, gradually clearing sky greeted 36 visitors (20 students and 16 adults) from the Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School Grade 6 class, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, June 7th, 2018, 8:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu made the digital slide presentation “Black Holes” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the “Constellations” activity, distributing 33 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing the visitors how to assemble and use them to locate constellations in the sky.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Cloudy, later mostly clearing skies greeted 54 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Professor Stan Metchev made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation “How NASA’s New Space Telescopes Could Soon Detect Extrasolar Life” and fielded questions. Graduate student Ameek Sidhu greeted visitors. She counted 30 visitors for the first slide presentation by 8:54 p.m. There were 11 visitors for the second slide presentation. Ameek counted 53 visitors by 10:27 p.m., with one more late arrival on the observation deck bringing the total to 54 visitors for the evening.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Partly cloudy, later cloudy skies greeted 23 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, May 26th, 2018, 8:30 p.m. They were welcomed by undergraduate student Meet Panchal who counted 23 visitors by the end of the evening. Graduate student Ameek Sidhu presented the digital slide presentation “NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto” and fielded questions.
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Exploring the Stars, 1st Mount Brydges Girl Guides, May 22nd, 2018

Cloudy skies greeted 12 visitors (8 children and 4 adults / leaders) from the 1st Mount Brydges Girl Guides for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge,” with the title slide “The Basics,” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet” making a comet from dry ice and other materials.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night and Special Event, Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Cloudy, later partly cloudy skies with some rain greeted 19 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night and Special Event, Saturday, May 19th, 2018, 8:30 p.m. The occasion was the opening of the W.G. Colgrove Exhibit in the basement of the observatory. RASC London Centre member Mark Tovey presented his digital slide presentation “W. G. Colgrove: Astronomical Model-Maker Extraordinaire.” Graduate student Ben George was “crowd manager,” greeting and counting 19 visitors for the evening.
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